November 24, 2012

More Android 4.2 Bugs Persist

A growing number of bugs continue to plague Android 4.2, the newest flavor of Jelly Bean to hit Nexus devices. Most of the issues appear to be centered on the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus, which received the over-the-air update last week.

Those who are still seeking a solution should consider doing a factory reset of their phone. This will start your device over from scratch and require re-customizing your home screen, though it may be worth the effort for fixing what for many has become an unusable device.

While Google has acknowledged a bug that eliminated the month of December from the People app, many other forums are filled with users who are seeking remedies for major battery drain, random reboots, and some repeated app crashes.

Here is a brief rundown of some of the most recent bugs, combining what I have experienced personally and other reports across the Internet:

Battery drain: This is one of the most common complaints, and one that has given me the most grief. It has been reportedly linked to Exchange Services or Google Play accounts. In my case there was a process called Fused Location that continued to run in the background

Random rebooting: This seems to be hitting Nexus 7 users the most, who report the device will spontaneously reboot itself. I saw this a couple of times on my Galaxy nexus, though it (hopefully) has subsided.

Auto brightness: Instead of adjusting the brightness setting automatically based on ambient light, some Nexus 7 owners say their tablets are changing the brightness seemingly without reason. Some have said the tablets will turn the display down when it’s not necessary, but then randomly raise the brightness levels again.

Calendar issue: This has been publicly addressed by Google, so it may see a fix rather soon.

As mentioned earlier, the best fix is to do a factory reset of your device. It is a major pain, though if you log in with your Google account your apps should all auto-download (though I only had about half appear automatically).

Both my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 are running stock Android 4.2, so none of the issues are being caused by custom ROMs. Also, your experience may be different: new software releases generally include a wide variety of bugs that are experienced differntly by many users.

This is a critical time for Google to get this issue sorted through. With the Nexus 4 still sold out, there is clearly a demand for this line of devices. But buggy software and an inferior user experience may push some users back to the comfortable world of iOS.

Image Credit: Derek Walter

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